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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Vascular Surgery

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,765Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 36

$450K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 36

181 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Tennessee
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 181 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

32% of this provider’s 181 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 38%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 7,002 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

48 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 5.


This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Tennessee
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 419 231 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 295 231 2 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 274 210 3 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 263 230 4 7
LISINOPRIL 252 192 5 9
OMEPRAZOLE 249 213 6 12
FUROSEMIDE 244 193 7 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 233 183 8 15
NAMENDA 198 196 9 17
GABAPENTIN 175 97 10 8
CLOPIDOGREL 174 136 11 2
SIMVASTATIN 171 121 12 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 145 98 13 25
BUSPIRONE HCL 139 124 14 26
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 128 114 15 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 112 109 16 29
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 111 83 17 30
NYAMYC 110 73 18 31
PLAVIX 109 90 19 3
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 106 97 S2 20 5
TAMSULOSIN HCL 96 83 21 32
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 94 81 22 33
RANITIDINE HCL 89 73 23 21
CARVEDILOL 88 59 24 16
FLUOXETINE HCL 88 74 24 35
METFORMIN HCL 87 64 26 36
SERTRALINE HCL 85 81 27 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 56 28 38
MELOXICAM 80 80 29 39
ABILIFY 73 63 30 41
RISPERIDONE 67 66 31 42
BENAZEPRIL HCL 67 67 31 42
TRAZODONE HCL 61 59 33 45
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 58 48 34 47
CLONIDINE HCL 58 50 34 47
ATENOLOL 57 56 36 49
OLANZAPINE 54 54 37 50
AMIODARONE HCL 54 32 37 18
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 54 44 37 50
NYSTOP 53 32 40 53
PAROXETINE HCL 53 26 40 53
HYDRALAZINE HCL 50 38 42 55
RIVASTIGMINE 50 50 42 55
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on Jan. 29, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.